Questions tagged [wood]

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Cedar beveled siding does not seem to be overlapped and nailed properly

Until I decided to replace a couple of ~16-inch long, beveled-siding from exterior I have never given thought on the width of the exposed face. On my house, the exposed face of the cedar siding ...
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Will my DIY wood and PVC cat cage hold up?

I'm a total amateur, looking for feedback on my plan for a DIY wood-and-PVC cat cage before I build it. CONTEXT: My cat injured his spine and needs cage rest. However, he anxiously scratches the mesh ...
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How can I drill holes less than 1" from a wall?

I need to drill pilot holes through 1x1 and into a stud, with the 1x1 flush with the wall. I figure the hole has to be no more than 5/8" from the wall. My drill is too wide to drill a ...
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Can I use shiplap for shelving?

I'm looking at different shelving options and I really like the look of this shiplap wood. I'd like to use it for shelving by connecting two of them together widthwise to make a shelf that is ...
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Can lag bolts go fully through both pieces?

This is probably an overly long explanation for a question for which I think I already know the answer to, (probably obvious) but other opinions would be great. In tearing out some very old outdoor ...
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Mounting a Pull Up Bar

Due to quarantine, I can no longer go out and exercise, so I am looking to drill a pull up bar in my room. I can either drill the bar in the wall or the ceiling, both which is made of wood. This is my ...
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Treatment for wood under a Trex Deck

Just moved into a 5 y/o house with a "maintainence free" Trex deck. Underneath, it's supported by lumber as shown below When it rains the water drips through the deck slats and leaves this ...
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How can I secure a workout rack to a wooden platform?

I want to secure a "power rack" for weighlifting -- a square cage that supports a barbell so you don't need a spotter for squat and bench press. I'd like to fasten it to a wooden platform. ...
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Hanging hooks in a weak wall

I used to have some (guitar) hooks which were screwed into a brick wall, but 2/3 of them have fallen out. My only guess is that (since they are all at the same vertical height) they all went into a ...
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Raising roof on porch built with 4x4

I replaced a mobile home at the deer camp with a new one. Before I brought the new mobile home in I had dirt brought in to raise and level the area that it would be sitting. In doing so now the door ...
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wood expansion joints

My wood expansion joints are fine, but the gaps between the wood and the concrete is very wide in spots. The driveway is cracking from the water getting underneath, I believe. Can I simply use clear ...
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What should be done to check the capacity of a 100+ year old wooden floor joist?

Short version A 7.5cm x 20cm wooden floor joist from an apartment constructed in 1906 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will be subjected to an increased load. The type of loading the floor joist will ...
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What are these wooden glass dividers called (cabiner window dividers)?

I'm replacing broken glass in my display cabinet door, with glass on order. When removing the old glass and glazing I tried to salvage as much as I could, including the thin wooden strips that divided ...
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What to use to build an enclosure for projector screen case? [closed]

I need to create an enclosure for a projector screen case mounted on the ceiling. The size is 50 inches wide, 4 inches high, 4 inches deep. Requirements: The enclosure is just for visuals, just to ...
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

In my unfinished basement I am going to be installing some cantilever shelving along the walls. Basically using 2x4's attached to the joists, with a carriage bolt, and to the floor... likely using a ...
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Cause of white rot on floor joist

The structural floor system on the 4th and top floor of a house in Rotterdam that was built in 1906 consists of 20cm x 7.5cm wooden joists which are spaced at 67cm center to center. There is nothing ...
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How to replace loose 4x4 wood fence post with a steel post

The original 4x4 wood fence post for my home's side gate (that holds the catch part of a gate latch) is very loose and wobbles. The post is surrounded on 3 sides with my concrete walkway, and the 4th ...
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What is this kind of bracket called?

I would ideally like this buy the below bracket, but I can't find any reseller. Searching for angle bracket oval adjustable hole doesn't give anything similar, so I am guessing this kind of bracket ...
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Applying Spar urethane on awning type window jambs

Newly installed, Pine,(exterior vinyl clad) window sash piece was not factory finished. Do I apply Spar urethane to the jambs and sections that close against the frame? Information found online only ...
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How to fill a big cavity on a wooden door frame?

Due to an impact against it, the door lock casing in the wood frame has been uprooted. I managed to fix it back the metal part and some wooden pieces, but there still is a quite huge cavity with un-...
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Selecting wood decking for stairs

When purchasing wood for a deck, what is are the questions / process used to properly select wood for stairs and the landing area: The photo shows new planks installed with older planks, weathered by ...
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Estimated strength of U-profile shelf standards?

I would like to make a table, which is only supported by 4 of these U-profiles. Two on each end will be screwed in a brick wall. The shop doesn't have any specs on the U-profiles. Question Assuming I ...
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Chemical reaction damaged finish on my dining table

I seriously damaged the finish on the TOP of my Ethan Allen Royal Charter dining room table. The table about 42 years old. It was sprayed with a aerosol dusting product (which now I know is a NO NO) ...
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Oil on wood table

in attempts to remove canola oil stains from leaving leaking bottles on the table, I made a solution of water vinegar and baking soda. Unfortunately now, the area I was scrubbing is white from the ...
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Dealing with wood pest in roof truss

I have recently discovered the following signs of wood pest in my roof truss: A few other rafters seem to have the same type of wood pest. Which insect am I dealing with? Is this a woodworm, a house ...
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How to rectify tannin staining through paint?

I am painting some wooden internal window sills and skirting boards, and a yellow-brown stain is showing through the paint. From the answers to What are the brown stains showing through my white ...
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How deep should posts be set for an 8 foot privacy fence? [duplicate]

I am planning to build an 8 foot fence and will use galvanized post due to high moisture in the area. Looking for some advice regarding the depth of the post. These are 10 foot post so I was planning ...
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What is the best way to attach a timber block to IKEA Linnmon desktop?

I want to fix a metal wire cable tray to an Ikea Linnmon desktop with screws, however the desktop has honeycomb filling therefore it is not suitable for screws. I think maybe attaching a timber block ...
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6X2 fascia board estimation PROCESS [closed]

Assume five planks of 2X6 wood fascia is to be installed in Florida. What is the process to estimate the labor cost per 12 foot plank?. I am not seeking a quote, rather I want to understand the ...
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How should I treat outdoor wooden stairs to preserve them?

I plan to replace outdoor wooden stair planks. They are exposed to Florida heat and rain. I planned to paint them brown so they match their peers. However, do they need any other treatment so that ...
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How long will Douglas fir planks last if left untreated outside, not directly exposed to weather, but some moisture occaisionally

I have to replace some bad plywood underneath a roof overhang. I have some Douglas pine planks left over from another project, that I like to use. The (painted) plywood currently in place lasted 55 ...
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Why my jigsaw's blade keeps on being bent?

I am using a t-shaped jigsaw blade on my 400W PRAKTYL (link in Greek) jigsaw. I attempt to perform a cut, but the blade keeps on bending regardless how hard I try to place it straight: I used it to ...
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Best fix for failing built-in storage cabinet base?

So I have these built-in cabinets (particle board) that are probably 15 years old. They looked fine maybe 3 days ago. Yesterday I noticed fractures and cracks forming in the base on one side of a row ...
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What is the name hard plastic material that you find on bathroom cupboards?

Can someone tell me what the coating/covering is that you find on cabinets in a bathroom. It is a bit like vinyl or some sort of hard plastic. I was thinking vinyl but the coating seems harder and ...
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What is happening to this wooden floor?

What is happening to this wooden floor and why? It's happening in various places, but not all over the floor. It's not even limited to where there is heavy traffic or where I have a chair on wheels. ...
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Dark Spots on Wood in Attic

We were exploring the attic and found several posts with indented parts covered with some type of black substance. Anyone know what this could be. Thanks!
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How can I fasten 1x4 fence railings to fence panels from underneath or from the side?

I'm helping put together a custom fence with wire panels sandwiched between flat 1x4s, with the panels being placed in-between 4x4 posts. What would be an effective way to fasten the top 1x4 to the ...
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Why is my new pine fence turning black? Can I stain right over it without creating a bigger future headache?

We put in a new pine fence about 2-3 months ago. (Southern Yellow Pine, from Lowes. They called it “Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine”) I have been trying to stain/seal it for the past month and a ...
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how to trim existing stud width?

I want to recess something into the wall between the studs. Problem is that it is approx. 1/4" longer than the gap between the studs. Is there a way to shave off this small amount of the ...
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Fixing substantially warped table top planks

I'm fixing up a wooden table that has sat in a warm attic for about 10 years. It's got pretty substantial bow and twist across the planks. I'm a beginner and want some advice on how best to get rid of ...
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What should I do about an Ikea tabletop that is allegedly unfinished?

A couple days ago, I purchased a "Gerton" Desktop from IKEA. On their webpage, it says nothing in terms of it being finished/unfinished, merely that you should wipe it down with oil. As I ...
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How do you know if new redwood decking is ready to be stained?

I have a new redwood deck, but I'm not sure if the wood is ready to be stained. I've read that you should wait 3 months to stain it. I have power washed it already and it has been drying for a ...
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How I can make wood stop sliding once I plane it?

I bought a hand plane in order to smooth and level my cuts I do using my hand saw. Before I use it in my project I tested it in a scrap piece of wood. But once I started planing the wood, the wood ...
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installing a 360 rotating wood panel from the ceiling

I want to install something similar to this image - I need to know what the hardware used is to support the wood hanging from the ceiling and in place on the floor still allowing for 360 rotation
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How can I re-stain a table without streaking?

I purchased a new telephone table/bench that has a slick red mahogany-color (I do not know what type wood this actually is) table top, which unfortunately my cat immediately scratched before I could ...
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Decking splitting before installation - how do I stop this?

Background: I deliberately ordered extra decking assuming that I would possibly ruin one, cull some, and perhaps a few might split, warp or cup as they dried. Since then, all but a couple of the ...
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Is this hinged collapsible clothesline design stable enough?

I need help validating my clothesline design. It'll be on our deck for convenience (I don't want to lug a heavy basket of wet laundry down to the backyard). I want it to be collapsible so we can hide ...
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What dimensions does the base need to be for a standing post?

I came across this picture and want to build a few. I want to do 10' 4x4 posts but don't know what the dimensions of the base should be to support the post. Any suggestions? The boxes will be filled ...
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Bevel a 2x6 long ways

I need to make a bevel plate (of 10 degrees) to support wooden I-joists on a single slope (shed) roof assembly. I'm working with 2x6s, and I'd really like to cut the ten degree bevel across the 5.5'' ...
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Bevel a 2x6 long ways [duplicate]

apologies if this question is answered. I need to make a bevel plate (of 10 degrees) to support wooden I-joists on a single slope (shed) roof assembly. I'm working with 2x6s, and I'd really like to ...

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